Stanley 078 – missing bolt

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  • #709965
    Enda Gorman
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    Hello everyone, I am hoping that this woodworking brother and sisterhood can help me! I recently bought a lovely no 78 Stanley rebate plane on eBay, mint condition. However when I started to play around with it I noticed that it was missing the bolt (or is it a screw?) that fixes the depth shoe in position. It came with one bolt for the fence and that bolt fits the depth shoe as well.

    I have been back onto the seller who has been very helpful, is searching her garage for the missing bolt (and is willing to pay for a replacement) but my hopes are not high that she will find anything. I have contacted three or four old tool websites based here in the UK but they couldn’t help me. I have tried to find the screw on the internet and have found some bolts that look similar but I cannot be sure if they will do the job.

    Do any of you have a spare screw that you could sell to me?! Or have any guidance on where I could find a replacement at a reasonable cost? I just need one bolt, surely it can’t be that difficult??

    Thanks in advance,

    Enda T.

    #709982
    Jason Sprouse
    Participant

    I have had good luck with http://www.stjamesbaytoolco.com/ for parts like the screw you are missing for some of my restoration work on planes

    Jason S

    #709989
    Enda Gorman
    Participant

    I have had good luck with http://www.stjamesbaytoolco.com/ for parts like the screw you are missing for some of my restoration work on planes

    Jason S

    Thanks Jason. Do you know if they ship to the UK?

    #710008
    Joost Borst
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    I bought an no78 about a year ago that was missing the depth stop. Turns out that Stanley still make replacement kits.

    Look for stanley kit 14 and 15.
    Got mine from a webshop called baptist in the Netherlands no clue if they ship to the uk.
    The kits are about 13 and 7 euro each.

    #710016
    Larry Geib
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    My experience with st James is they respond better over the phone, if you don’t get a response. Maybe that has changed. Their big advantage is they will custom make hard to find stuff, though you might have to wait until they get a production run up. They did make a skew cutter for a Stanley 289 for me. And they sell taps and dies for Stanley threads.

    I have had great success with https://nhplaneparts.com/ , Also on eBay as NHPLANEPARTS , but it’s always a little cheaper off the website. The fellow is very knowledgeable and will even match parts by type study if you ask. I’m a big fan of this guy. He once matched the correct adjuster lever for a type 6A Bedrock for me.
    Payment shows up on PayPal as the Vintage Tool Shoppe, so don’t panic when you see that. In the USA, the price includes free shipping. They do ship globally, but I think you will have to pay shipping overseas. He gets stuff right out the door fast.

    He doesn’t list everything, so if you don’t find what you want drop him a line. He has never disappointed me. ( I have no connection other than as a customer)

    The other alternative is an ordinary American Unified 10-24 (imperial) threaded shouldered thumbscrew, if you can still get Imperial in the UK. It’s close to a perfect fit for the Stanley whitworth. ( it might be a bit snug the first few times you use it) I don’t know about the UK, but that’s a standard size in every hardware store in the US, Though shouldered thumbscrew are a little harder to find. It’s usually old stock, so an old traditional hardware store is your best bet.
    The actual BSW size is 7/32-24. British Motorcycle shops might have something.
    The versions of whitworth Stanley used are from 1841 and around 1850, not the whitworth that became standard in the latter part of the century.

    The type of thumbscrew is different depending on vintage, I mostly see winged thumbscrews on a 78 as opposed to the knurled type, but both work

    This is assuming you have a vintage plane. Stanley still makes the 78, but I believe the screws have been converted to metric, so something like m5 .8 would be what you are looking for in that case. I tried to replace the fence on my 78 with new stock and found that out the hard way. The new fence, post, and thumbscrews are NOT interchangeable with vintage planes. Before you order, make sure yours isn’t metric.

    #710018
    Larry Geib
    Participant

    LOL.
    when I posted, I went to the NH plane parts site to make sure I got the website correct. While I was there I ordered a tote screw for an old #7 I’ve been restoring.

    He just sent me the tracking number 20 minutes later.

    #710087
    Enda Gorman
    Participant

    Thanks Joost. Can you post a link to the Baptist site?

    #710088
    Enda Gorman
    Participant

    Thank you Larry for your detailed reply, much appreciated. I have sent a message to NH Plane Parts.

    #710146
    Joost Borst
    Participant

    Ofcourse, apperantly they even, have a site in english.

    https://www.baptist.nl/en/houtbewerkers/woodplanes-and-scraping-tools/stanley-planes/stanley-sponningschaaf-78

    If you scroll down the kits are mentioned in the related products section

    #710149
    Enda Gorman
    Participant

    Thank you. The €24 shipping costs make it non-viable option but thanks anyway!

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